Poor play at Anfield


September 19, 1904
Although Liverpool won their fixture with Bradford City by four goals to one, it cannot be said that the team pleased their supporters by the manner in which the success was gained. With a display of even ordinary ability in front of goal the score might easily have been doubled.

About the men.
In the first half Morris and Cox played well, and the latter was the best forward on the field all through; but Raybould was not a success, neither was Goddard, and Robinson played hard, but stuck to the ball too long, and most of his shots were charged down.

John Cox, Liverpool F.C. (Athletic News: September 19, 1904).
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The halves as a body were likewise only moderate. Parry gave the best display of the lot, but Hughes was completely off colour, and was beaten with impunity; in fact, he has seldom played a worse game. Further behind, Dunlop and Murray kicked sturdily, and Doig was rarely requisitioned.

Oh! The forwards!
The Bradford defence was in good hands, for Mearns made some capital saves, but he was generously treated. Halliday and Wilson proved a serviceable pair of full backs, their returns being sound and effective. In the half-back line the best football was witnessed, each of the trio playing a steady game, and their efforts were deserving of greater success. But the forwards were not a dangerous line.

Liverpool: Ned Doig, David Murray, Billy Dunlop, Maurice Parry, Alex Raisbeck (C), James Hughes, Arthur Goddard, Robert Robinson, Sam Raybould, Richard Morris, John Cox.
Bradford City: Fred Mearns, Billy Wilson, Fred Halliday, James McLean, George Robinson, James Millar, John Graham, John Beckram, Bert Shinner, John McMillan, Alex Whaites.
Referee: J. Mason (Burslem).
(Athletic News: September 19, 1904)

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